AUSTIN (KXAN) – Politicians across Texas pay tribute to those who died on September 11, 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
In statements released Saturday morning, lawmakers set aside politics in remembering those who died, honoring first-timers and recalling how the country came together in the wake of the shocking attacks.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.
Gov. Greg Abbott led the tributes, issuing a proclamation urging Texans to take a break Saturday to remember the lives lost 20 years ago.
“Over the course of a single morning, we lost family members, friends, loved ones, co-workers, each with hopes and dreams,” Governor Abbott said. “Twenty years later, we still feel his loss.
“Today I encourage the Texans to pause in memory of the innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001. As we unite in the face of destruction and tragedy, we remember once again the enduring patriotism that unites us as one nation. Together we will be a guiding light for future generations. “
Texas Democratic Party President Gilberto Hinojosa thanked firefighters, police officers, service members and “normal people” who responded to the attacks 20 years ago.
Describing the anniversary as “gloomy”, he extended his thoughts to people who lost loved ones and “those people who continue to suffer pain, grief and trauma due to this tragedy.”
“As we remember on September 11, 2001, we will never forget the ones we lost,” Hinojosa said. “We will continue to stay together and rebuild better towards a more equitable and just society that leaves no one behind.”
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said he and his wife Heidi were living less than a mile from the Pentagon at the time, recalling “the agony of a nation that realized we were under attack.”
“We also remember the unity, how we came together,” he said. “For a moment, there were no Republicans or Democrats. There were no red states or blue states. We were America. “
Senator Cruz also took time to thank all those who responded after 9/11, adding, “This is an appointment you will live with infamy.”
Congressman Michael McCaul thanked the military for its role in preventing another massive 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States
“For the past 20 years, their service and sacrifice have protected the homeland from another attack like 9/11 and saved countless lives,” Rep. McCaul said. “We’ll never forget it.”